Seattle To Host Next Music Startup Academy On June 19
May 22, 2014 – Following up on the highly successful Music Biz Academy event at the Music Biz 2014 convention, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) is bringing its Music Startup Academy series back on the road with a stop in Seattle on June 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Microsoft headquarters. The educational sessions are aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, and students who dream of creating the next great music product, providing them with all the information they need to break through the barriers of entry and establish innovative, legal, and sustainable music companies.
The Seattle sessions will focus on three key areas: Label and Publishing Basics, Business Development, and Basic Technical Operations. Industry experts from companies such as Microsoft, MediaNet, and Hughes Media Law Group will be on hand to discuss these issues and lend their own personal advice from throughout their careers. During a keynote by startup Lively, representatives will highlight their experiences of starting a company in the music business and discuss their list of best practices for ensuring that your business succeeds.
Admission costs $59 for Music Biz members and $79 for non-members, with a special discounted fee of $39 for students. For more information or to register for the sessions, visit the Music Startup Academy page on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-startup-academy-seattle-tickets-11652427725.
The currently confirmed agenda for the event is below.
Welcome & Introduction to Music Biz Resources
• Bill Wilson, Music Biz
Introduction to Microsoft API & Other Resources
• Christina Calio, Microsoft
• Brian Hirsh, Lively
Label and Publishing Basics
Explains the economics of the music industry, including the licenses required for master recordings and songwriting.
• Joleen Hughes, Hughes Media Law Group
The “dos and don’ts” of content licensing, including best practices for honing a pitch and insight into navigating around roadblocks.
Basic Technical Operations
An overview of the music operations and various enterprise software systems and core procedures that any aspiring CEO or CTO must be aware of.
• Jeff Wallace, MediaNet
Closing Remarks & Networking
The Music Startup Academy was created in the spring of 2011 with the goal of helping entrepreneurs and app developers navigate the complex web of rights, legal requirements, and potential partners and competitors that stand in the way of young music companies’ success. By providing an educational platform on the key topics of licensing, business development, and technology to entrepreneurs at all levels, the sessions aim to lower the barriers of entry to the music industry and foster the next generation of innovative music apps. The first Music Startup Academy was held at General Assembly in New York City in 2011, and it has since traveled to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, London, Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.musicstartupacademy.com.
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About the Music Business Association
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is a membership organization that advances and promotes music commerce — a community committed to the full spectrum of monetization models in the industry. It provides common ground by offering thought leadership, resources and unparalleled networking opportunities, all geared to the specific needs of its membership. By leveraging the legacy of the former National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and its hub for digital initiatives, digitalmusic.org, Music Biz brings a unique perspective and valuable insight into the trends and changes that innovation brings. Today, we put our collective experience to work across all delivery models: physical, digital, mobile and more. Music Biz and its members are committed to building the future of music commerce — together.
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